PATNA: A local court in Bihar has sought a reply from the Centre over the latter move to hold the prestigious IIT JEE (Advanced) exam online from this year.
The Patna High Court asked the Department of Human Resources Development, Government of India and Joint Admission Board, Kanpur to submit its reply within four weeks while hearing a petition filed by Narendra Prasad of Muzaffarpur and others.
The matter has been posted for further hearing on January 3 next year.
Through the petition, the petitioners have challenged the notification containing the decision of the Joint Admission Board of the Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced), 2018 in fully computer-based test mode, the local daily Hindustan Times reported today.
The petitioners said the move could badly affect the career of students from rural backgrounds who are not properly familiar with computers since computer teaching is not mandatory in government schools and urged the court ask the government conduct the test both online and offline like previous years.
“The petitioners belong to lower middle class families and have got their education in schools of average category where there was no facility for computer education,” petitioner’s counsel Shekhar Singh and Shantanu Kuar argued in the court, prompting the court to seek a reply from the Centre.